America’s Cup 32, monitoring the madness
Good grief! It was plain as day that this America’s Cup was going to be all about technology (and bad mojo), but a pair of wind-seeking microlights equipped at minimum with anemometer, satellite compass, and radar? I can’t find any info about the Alinghi Air Force on the team’s own site, but Sailing Anarchy has the tape, and some trenchant commentary. If any of you can find out more on that electronics set up — or, even better, what’s on the boats — please let us know. Meanwhile, I’m lining up the resources I’ll use to monitor this madness in progress…
And I mean madness in several senses. I recently listened to Russell Coutts’s press conference on BMW Oracle’s blog, and he is so angry that I almost yearned for the duller days of Newport. But then again, Valencia Sailing delivered amazing shots of the mad trimaran USA doing over 20 knots in 7 knots of true wind. Click that picture bigger, and wouldn’t you too like to fly that carbon fiber bird with its 190 foot wing, if just for an hour or so? (Unfortunately Larry Ellison is not even remotely a relative.)
I’ll be revisiting all the sites linked to above as the race drama unfolds, but there’s little doubt that my main man in Valencia will be Kimball Livingston. He started blogging with the last cup, and took to it like a fish to water. Now he’s got his own site and is preparing for the AC as if for combat. Speaking of which, I’m pleased to note that my buddy Charlie Doane — who is as wise about the cruising sailboat world as Kimball is about the racing one — has also started blogging. And he’s taken to it like duct tape to a leaky dink.